24 March 2014

Fun with Food - Apple Tortoise


Struggling to get the kids to eat their fruit and veg? You aren't alone!
Carving food into something more appealing really helps to encourage them to tuck in though and that's exactly what we have been doing this week with the Thomas Kitchen knives from Tesco!

The 5 knife set, worth over £100 and complete with block, is really useful for dicing and chopping but with seriously sharp blades they make transforming ordinary food into something a little more exciting easy too...


Tortoise Apple



  • Slice your apple in half straight through the core.
  • Using the utility knife carve out three hexagons along the centre of the apple (peel side)
  • Carve out more around each side of the apple
  • Add extra detailing if you wish; We cut out a line along the edge of the apple 
  • Add satsuma segments to represent the head, arms and legs
  • Scoff!

NB if you are preparing this in advance for a party or lunch box, use lemon juice to keep the apple fresh and to prevent it changing colour.

This was very simple to do so ideal for a novice or someone worried about handling knifes in particular. The Mini Mes were even more keen to eat their fruit than usual when presented as a cute animal so it's certainly worth a go.
If you fancy recreating this idea or making something even more intricate then get you can pick up your own knives from Tesco today!


Tesco Sticker Promotion



Tesco are running a sticker promotion between 3rd March – 1st June 2014 where you can save up to 70% on exclusive kitchenware products at Tesco. For every £20 you spend online OR in-store you can collect a sticker, once you’ve collected five stickers you can use these to save up to 70% off professional kitchenware items. For more information on the campaign you can check http://www.tesco.com/direct/thomas-kitchen/ for more details!



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For your chance to win a Thomas Knife Kit of your own you can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.

The giveaway closes on 21st April 2014.

Good luck!


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*This is our entry into the Tesco Blogger Challenge for the chance to win a £150 Red Letter Days voucher. 
We received the knives free of charge for the purpose of this post*

462 comments :

  1. Looks a gorgeous little tortoise thank you!

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  2. I follow by all mentioned in your Rafflecopter thank you!

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  3. I like peppers
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  4. Follow on bloglovin and Pinterest as Kim Neville

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  5. I'm into Mango at the moment

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  6. Ooh I absolutely LOVE this - so cute!

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  7. I love carrots my fave vegtable in whole world since I was a little girl

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  8. I join pinterest and bloglovin http://www.theminimesandme.com/2013/10/watch-bake-create-halloween.html I comment on this blog

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  9. Lol this is fun! I love mushrooms ... do they count as a vegetable? :-)

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  10. I commented on http://www.theminimesandme.com/2014/03/making-your-house-home-with-homebase.html

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  11. That tortoise made me smile! such a great idea - my favourite fruit is strawberry

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  12. Following on Bloglovin - missmelvis x

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  13. This is brilliant! Love your tortoise! My favourite fruit is strawberries.

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  14. Bananas are my favourite
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    I follow on Pinterest and Bloglovin' as Susie Wilkinson

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  16. That tortoise is amazing, although I'm not my kids would eat it, they would want to take it away to play with it :)

    My favourite fruit is grapes.

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  17. You can't beat freshly picked raspberries!

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  18. My fav fruit is banana and my fav veg is parsnip :) Awww that tortoise is adorable! We have a pet tortoise so I love it :)

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  19. Lynsey Buchanan24 March 2014 at 23:34

    I follow on pinterest

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  20. Lynsey Buchanan24 March 2014 at 23:34

    i follow on bloglovin

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  21. I could graze on cherry tomatoes all day!

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  22. I would go with bananas but to be honest I love all fruits!

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  24. I've never saved up the vouchers but they always look like a good deal. I'd love to win, I am loving berries at the moment.

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  25. Ooooo I love so many, strawberries or kiwi

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  26. I love fruit and veg carving and this looks great.

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  27. Following on pinterest as Mary Chez

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  29. Great idea! Love it. My favourite fruit is a banana

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  31. following on pinterest as clair downham

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  32. folowing on bloglovin as clair downham

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  33. My favorite's got to be tomatos as they are so versatile.

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  35. gotta be strawberries, especially 'pick your own'

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  38. At the moment, we are on a bit of a red cabbage fest. Takes ages to prepare and cook, and I try and freeze it but last time my daughter ate it all before I got a chance. Its lovely

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  39. My favourite vegetable is broccoli.

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  40. Definitely got to be butternut squash - Roasted, it can't be beaten!

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  41. Followed on Pinterest and Bloglovin' (lorraine stone). Love mushrooms, esp on toast.

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  43. follow on bloglovin
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  44. I have followed via BL and Pinterest :)

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  45. Apples :) already follow by Bloglovin & Pinterest :) xx

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  47. honeydew melon is my fave fruit and green beans are my fave veg

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  48. following on pinterest, thank you

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  49. Mangoes are my favourite fruit.

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  50. I'm following you on Pinterest as Stephanie Cheung-Tsang.

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  51. I'm following on Bloglovin as Stephanie Cheung-Tsang

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  52. Edward Guerreiro26 March 2014 at 11:38

    I should choose the potato as my favourite fruit or vegetable. I eat them almost every day, in one form or another. However, that answer feels a bit cheaty, so instead I will choose the tomato. It is such a versatile fruit, so many recipes require it and I simply like the taste of them.

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      I follow on Bloglovin as Edward Guerreiro :-)

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  53. Bananas - I eat far too many!

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  54. Persimmon is my favourite fruit, only discovered it last year and was heartbroken when the season ended! I love fruit and eat loads of it but I'm looking forward to persimmon turning up in the supermarket again!

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  55. I follow on Pinterest and bloglovin - Hilda Wright

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  57. I I follow you on Pinterest (walkthedust)

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  58. I I follow you on Bloglovin (walkthedust)

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  59. Aubergines. I use them all the time.

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  60. Strawberries \o/ beautiful things!

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  61. grapes @lucyirv

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  63. I follow on pinterest Scarlettlady09

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  64. Have a strange love for broccoli! xx

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  65. I love raspberries, they are a treat as so expensive

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  66. Raspberries

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  67. Strawberries, I'm allergic to pretty much everything else!

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  71. I love pomelo, shame it's only available for a short time

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  74. Strawberries - with a pinch of black pepper.
    Su Tyler

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  77. My favourite fruit are banana's x

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  79. I love strawberries!

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  82. Katie witherington26 March 2014 at 18:49

    Sweet potato is my fav esp as mash, it's great as a topping to pastry free pies, bloglovin name is katie witherington

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  83. Strawberries. Freshly picked.

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  86. Apples

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  87. laura jayne bates26 March 2014 at 21:41

    love mangos

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  88. Christine Shelley26 March 2014 at 21:51

    grapefruit

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  89. Christina Brown27 March 2014 at 05:39

    Pineapple :-D
    And awww your apple tortoise is adorable!

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  90. Need a Boost? Try Caffè Cagliari - commented

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  91. At the moment artichokes - love them in pasta

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  93. I love bananas.

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  100. What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?
    celeriac - difficult to find but wort the effort

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  107. Pretty much any fruit - it is all brilliant!

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